Lady of the lake

 

Covering 18 acres of water with red windmills is not a task easily undertaken, yet installation artist Aideen Barry braved squadrons of Stuka swallows and battalions of swans, ducks and coots to present her idea of living beside The Lough.

The Lough, like many public amenities in Cork, is maintained in a hit-or-miss fashion, which in this case is mostly miss. The surface slime - trapping feathers, bird carcasses and beer cans - did not dim the carnival atmosphere last Sunday as family parties gathered to watch Barry, a cross between a Scarlet Woman and the Lady of Shalott, being rowed across the water by oarsmen, and hidden under her vast crimson costume.

This outdoor version of the Granary Theatre's "Bodily Functions" programme linked the thousands of windmills set in the lakeside grass with those inserted into floats by Barry. One of the seven brass-horned HMV gramophones set around the shore succumbed and joined the legendary drowned city underneath, as the spectators gradually realised that sometimes the act of doing is itself the performance.